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Old 05-30-20, 11:43 PM
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Registering your self built bike in Japan

I was wondering if anyone has experience registering a bike they built themselves in Japan. I'm putting together a new road bike from an existing groupset that I own, rims, and a new frame. Of course I have receipts for all component purchases past (groupset and rims) and present (frame).

Are their challenges or things to look out for when registering such a bike, obtained in the somewhat non-normal method (ie. not purchasing a bike fully built from a cycle shop)?

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Old 07-10-20, 12:24 AM
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I wanted to know as well
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Old 07-10-20, 12:37 AM
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I'm going to find a Japanese language road cycling forum or social media space and ask. Will report what I discover.
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Is registration a mandatory thing in Japan? Unusual here in U.S.
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Technically registering your bike is mandatory, and all sold in Japan should be registered (for instance when you buy a bike here typically you do a bit of paperwork at the shop and get it registered at the time of sale). You get a little yellow sticker which shows your bike is registered. To my knowledge there is no penalty for not having your bike registered other than the police being able to hassle you ('is this bike yours?' 'it's not registered!' 'where did you buy it?' etc.)

I've never been stopped or hassled but some folks have (I've never been stopped of bothered by the police at all, but I started coming to Japan in my early 30s ... no one really bothers me). Given that registration is about 500 yen (or 5 USD or so) I want to register so as to not ever have any hassle. A minor inconvenience to potentially avoid future inconveniences.

Just because something is not normal in the US does not mean it is not common elsewhere, US norms are just that, norms in the US.
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Originally Posted by stewartt1982 View Post
Technically registering your bike is mandatory, and all sold in Japan should be registered (for instance when you buy a bike here typically you do a bit of paperwork at the shop and get it registered at the time of sale). You get a little yellow sticker which shows your bike is registered. To my knowledge there is no penalty for not having your bike registered other than the police being able to hassle you ('is this bike yours?' 'it's not registered!' 'where did you buy it?' etc.)

I've never been stopped or hassled but some folks have (I've never been stopped of bothered by the police at all, but I started coming to Japan in my early 30s ... no one really bothers me). Given that registration is about 500 yen (or 5 USD or so) I want to register so as to not ever have any hassle. A minor inconvenience to potentially avoid future inconveniences.

Just because something is not normal in the US does not mean it is not common elsewhere, US norms are just that, norms in the US.
That's interesting. What about the bikes bought in Japan but going for immediate exportation (say if it's bought by tourists), will they also need to be registered?
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Old 02-09-21, 12:04 PM
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damn japan i thought you was cool
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Dear Stewart, thanks for sharing this information, this is news to most of us.
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